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Introduction

in Richard Rorty

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309903
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309910.003.0001
Introduction

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This book aims to document Richard Rorty's journey from being an intellectually precocious adolescent on the school yards of rural New Jersey to becoming the one of the most influential contemporary American philosophers. The book reconstructs the facts of Rorty's early biography from his childhood until the publication of Consequences of Pragmatism in 1982, which followed closely on the heels of his 1979 book Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, published when he was forty-eight. It identifies patterns of growth, change, and stability in his thought over the first quarter century of his intellectual career and relates these to his life experience. The book also explores some of the social processes that intellectuals encounter and navigate as they develop their ideas. In both its agenda and theoretical orientation, the book breaks with the three most prominent intellectual-historical approaches of the day: humanism, contextualism, and post-structuralism.

Keywords: Richard Rorty; New Jersey; Consequences of Pragmatism; Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; social processes; humanism; contextualism; post-structuralism; intellectuals

Chapter.  11855 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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